Bible: Numbers 30

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Vows Made by Men

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Moses told the leaders 2  of the tribes concerning the Israelites, “This is what 3  the Lord has commanded: 30:2 If a man 4  makes a vow 5  to the Lord or takes an oath 6  of binding obligation on himself, 7  he must not break his word, but must do whatever he has promised. 8 

Vows Made by Single Women

30:3If a young 9  woman who is still living 10  in her father’s house makes a vow to the Lord or places herself under an obligation, 30:4 and her father hears of her vow or the obligation to which she has pledged herself, and her father remains silent about her, 11  then all her vows will stand, 12  and every obligation to which she has pledged herself will stand. 30:5 But if her father overrules her when he hears 13  about it, then none 14  of her vows or her obligations which she has pledged for herself will stand. And the Lord will release 15  her from it, because her father overruled her.

Vows Made by Married Women

30:6And if she marries a husband while under a vow, 16  or she uttered 17  anything impulsively by which she has pledged herself, 30:7 and her husband hears about it, but remains silent about her when he hears about it, then her vows will stand and her obligations which she has pledged for herself will stand. 30:8 But if when her husband hears it he overrules her, then he will nullify 18  the vow she has taken, 19  and whatever she uttered impulsively which she has pledged for herself. And the Lord will release her from it.

Vows Made by Widows

30:9But every vow of a widow or of a divorced woman which she has pledged for herself will remain intact. 20  30:10 If she made the vow in her husband’s house or put herself under obligation with an oath, 30:11 and her husband heard about it, but remained silent about her, and did not overrule her, then all her vows will stand, and every obligation which she pledged for herself will stand. 30:12 But if her husband clearly nullifies 21  them when he hears them, then whatever she says 22  by way of vows or obligations will not stand. Her husband has made them void, and the Lord will release her from them.

30:13Any vow or sworn obligation that would bring affliction to her, 23  her husband can confirm or nullify. 24  30:14 But if her husband remains completely silent 25  about her from day to day, he thus confirms all her vows or all her obligations which she is under; he confirms them because he remained silent about when he heard them. 30:15 But if he should nullify them after he has heard them, then he will bear her iniquity.” 26 

30:16 These are the statutes that the Lord commanded Moses, relating to 27  a man and his wife, and a father and his young daughter who is still living in her father’s house.

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